Shrink Rap: Trauma-Informed Care During Covid-10 Pandemic

A Telluride local, Dr. Paul Hokemeyer is an internationally recognized expert on treating clinical issues at the nexus of relationships and behavioral health. Dr. Paul’s book,Fragile Power.” is about the psychological challenges of celebrity, Go here for our review.

The following is a note from Dr. Paul in the Age of Corona to draw your attention to an interview he did with a colleague about trauma-informed care. The link is below. As always, Dr. Paul’s clear-eyed insights serve as an antidote to zombie ideas that somehow manage to persist and chomp on our brains. Especially these days of relative isolation.

Dr, Paul

I hope this message finds you, hopeful.

Yes, I’m sure there have been periods in the past few months when you’ve felt overwhelmed and fatigued by the interminable nature of COVID-19 and the chaos it’s caused in our global community. I also suspect you’ve found healing and hope in your closest relationships as well as from strangers who’ve graced your path. I certainly have. From my spouse, to my colleagues around the world, to the sales clerk at my local grocery store, COVID-19 has provided me with countless opportunities to see others and be seen as a vulnerable human being.

One of the most impactful of these encounters occurred last month with a colleague of mine from London, Lou Lebentz founder of the community support group, Trauma ThriversWhile I’ve known of Lou and admired her work for close to two years now, we never took the time to engage in a deep and long format conversation about healing from trauma until we became united in our pandemic isolation through the power of technology.

In the following interview we discuss topics that include:

1. The hyper focus on self that has come with social isolation;
2. The need to incorporate somatic modalities into a trauma informed treatment plan;
3. The acute fragility that underlies modern manifestations of power.

You can find a link to the full interview here.

I hope you too find healing and hope in the conversation.

While it might not seem like it in the toil of the present moment, we will emerge from COVID-19, clearer about who we are and the world our children will inherit. Humans are highly adaptive beings who not only strive to make meaning out of the challenges in their lives, but to evolve -up- into more respectful connections with themselves, the human beings with whom they are privileged to share the planet and the natural environment that supports their existence…let’s continue in this esteemed tradition.

Warmest regards,
Dr Paul

Dr. Paul, more:

Paul Hokemeyer , J.D., Ph.D., is the world’s leading authority on the need for culturally competent care in the treatment of people of power and celebrity. An internationally renowned Marriage and Family Therapist, he is the author of the book, “,”Fragile Power: Why Having Everything Is Never Enough (Hazelden, 2019).

His work in the realm of mental health and power has been utilized by the World Economic Forum and the Emirate of Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Paul has appeared regularly in a variety of media outlets including CNN, FOX News, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Men’s and Women’s Health, and The Johns Hopkins Newsletter.

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Dr. Paul Hokemeyer

Marriage & Family Therapist
Part-time Telluride local Dr. Paul Hokemeyer is a nationally recognized expert on Eastern philosophies, relationships, and emotional healing. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, he holds a PhD in psychology, as well as a doctorate in the law. A part-time Telluride resident, Dr. Hokemeyer is based in the New York City office of the Caron Treatment Center. He is also a weekly contributor to “The Dr. Oz Show,” CNN’s “Headline News,” and other media outlets, including “Good Morning America,” “truTV,” and “Oprah Radio.” His new column, Shrink Rap, is scheduled to appear at least bi-monthy every Thursday on Telluride Inside… and Out.

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